This title develops from the 24th Stadler symposium. It explores the general theme "e;GENOME EXPLOITATION: Data Mining the Genomes"e;. The idea behind the theme is to discuss and illustrate how scientists are going to characterize and make use of the massive amount of information being accumulated about plant and animal genomes. The book presents a state-of-the-art picture on mining the Genome databases. Its chapters are authored by key stars in the field.